Cleveland Browns Prepared to Move Forward with Colt McCoy as Starting QB

After a failed attempt to make a trade with the St. Louis Rams in order to select Robert Griffin III in next month’s NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns are prepared to move forward with Colt McCoy as the starting quarterback.

This is according to head coach Pat Shurmur, who on Tuesday made it clear that McCoy is the starter heading into this season.

“At this point, he’s our quarterback,” said Shurmur. “We’re looking forward to him being our guy and I’m looking forward to seeing him improve. We believe he has a chance to be a fine player in this league.”

Shurmur and the Browns are excited to see how McCoy and the rest of the offense can progress with an actual offseason to work with. There’s no doubt that the lockout played a factor in the development of McCoy and his teammates and a full offseason of workouts with the coaching staff certainly can’t hurt.

This will give McCoy a truly fair shot to prove that he can be a starting quarterback in the NFL. While the Browns may select a quarterback at some point in the draft, it’s clear that this is now McCoy’s job to lose and with this vote of confidence from Shurmur (and previous ones by Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert) no one can say that McCoy wasn’t given a fair shake.

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  • Jimmy DiDago

     McCoy did spend most of his time on his back or running for his life last season from the overall dysfunction left from changing systems right before a lock out. No one, including Shurmur or the wideouts, had a fair shot at making anything work to their advantage.
     Camp Colt was a nice try by McCoy, but, a handful vets and a second year QB trying to understand a complex system they had never played in before without film time and proper tutelage was merely pissing in the wind.
     Then came the Brandon Jackson and Eric Steinbach injuries, the Hillis flake- out and Pashos injury regression.
     Yet, still managed 2,700 yds. of offense while playing only 13 games himself. Not bad under the circumstances. Doesn’t sound like he’s ready to pull a Tim Couch flame- out yet, neither.
     Could Andy Dalton and A.J. Green done as well as McCoy and Little under these circumstances???
     Bernie and Webster went through this in 1985 for different reasons and came out of it OK.
     Here’s to a similar comeback.     ;) 

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